Knowing Your Rights

The United States Department of Health and Human Services established the HIPAA Privacy Regulation in December 2000, which took effect on April 14, 2003. The Privacy Rule, as it is called, provides for the protection and privacy of individually identifiable health information. It also guards against the misuse of this information.


The Privacy Rule sets forth administrative requirements, privacy and security requirements, and individual rights regarding the use and disclosure of protected health information. The rule also establishes penalties for the misuse or disclosure of protected health information.

Agency Privacy Officer

The HIPAA regulations require the AHCCCS Administration to assign an Agency Privacy Officer. The AHCCCS Administration's Assistant Director of the Office of Administrative Legal Services (OALS) is the Agency's Privacy Officer. Questions, concerns, and complaints about HIPAA Privacy matters can be sent to the following address:

AHCCCS Administration Attention: Privacy Officer
701 E. Jefferson, MD 6200
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Protected Health Information Privacy Notice (Notice of Privacy Practices)

The Notice of Privacy Practices is available in English and Spanish:

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Contact Information

Contact AHCCCS with a question, concern, or complaint related to HIPAA Privacy: